Until recently, Karla said that she was working behind the scenes because its workshop was not legally registered. "Today, I am not only generating employment because I have more than 20 workers but I am also proud to contribute actively to the development of my country by paying my taxes."
She had also the opportunity to participate in a business training. "The formalization of my company has helped to improve the credibility toward our customer, have access to tax benefits, have an entrepreneurial vision of business, and make adjustments in administrative processes which permit me to have more efficient monitoring of my revenues and expenses. Thanks to this support I could recruit an accountant and implement a business plan."
Karla said that before the project, her machines did not allow them to improve the finish of the furniture and comply with the demand of products in time. "The project strengthened the productive infrastructure of my business. We would have never imagined having the industrial machinery the project offered us. Now we are positioning ourselves in a new market segment of high income private customers, the sales and incomes of the enterprise have increased by 50 %."
Karla is a very active woman, a woman leader. She is a mother, entrepreneur, business leader and one of the most important directors in the industry of wood furniture sector in Nicaragua. Thanks to the technical assistance provided by the project, business owners of the wood sector are organised in a chamber of wood furniture. Karla is the secretary the Business Chamber, and the secretary of the National Confederation of Wood Furniture Business Chamber, a post of great responsibility and requires much leadership. "Being a Member of a business chamber allows me to influence public policies, to participate in various fora for consultation and conciliation which affect businesses."